SAQA Benefit Auction Stories- June Robertson

We always love hearing about how our members are inspired to create their piece for our annual Benefit Auction. June Robertson is a first time donor and shared her story with us.

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June’s Story

I attended my first SAQA conference in San Antonio in April of 2018. Keen to meet as many people as possible, I signed up for a number of volunteer duties. The first of these was on Thursday morning helping with the vendor set up. As soon as my shift ended, I was right there on the spot and ready to shop!

I love to dye my own fabric and apply surface design so Jane Dunnewold’s table was the one I headed to first. She has a wonderful selection of thermofax screens and I purchased one called “Heart N Hand II”.

The conference was a whirlwind of activity ending with Jane Dunnewold presenting the keynote address at the end of the conference. We were sent off with words of encouragement to trust our intuition, love our work, and not worry about what others think.

With Jane’s words still swirling around my head, I went out for a walk since I wasn’t heading home until Tuesday. I headed down to the Riverwalk and was suddenly aware that on the path beneath my feet there were four small areas where several metal hands had been embedded in a group in the ground.

They were beautifully crafted with an interesting variety of surface designs. My first thoughts were that they were so reminiscent of Jane’s thermofax screen. As I continued my walk the germ of an idea grew and I realised that I wanted to create an art quilt using my new screen, which would have multiple images that would remind me of San Antonio and the wonderful time I had had at the conference.

When the call came out for the Benefit Auction, it seemed only fitting to make that art quilt and donate it to the auction as a kind of “thank you” to SAQA for everything that it has offered me since I became a member. I’ve made new friends, been inspired in my art and had countless happy moments participating in events like SAQA Seminar and our local pod meetings.

The piece pretty much named itself – it’s called “hand-i-work” because it’s what I do.


About June

June Robertson will be the Central Canada Regional Rep starting in January 2018. She is also on the Toronto Steering Committee that is planning SAQA ’s first international conference in 2020 in Toronto, Canada.

Thank you June for your support of SAQA!




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